Frogs are the most known amphibians in the world. Tree frogs are great pets for adults and even for kids. These frogs love to climb on your arms and they do not seem to mind being handled. Dumpy tree frogs emit a toxin in their skin which could cause skin irritation if not cleaned thoroughly though so people who are handling these frogs should rinse their hands in order to avoid skin irritations.
If you are thinking about having your own tree frog, here are 7 tips for you to ponder on taking good care of your pet.
Tip#1: When buying a frog always check for any cuts or bruises, unusual bumps and lumps, red markings and dark pink discoloration. You should make sure that you are buying healthy tree frogs. Always keep in mind that you may need to put your new tree frog in quarantine.
Tip#2: Tree frogs belong to a specific group which can glide from one tree to another in their wild habitat. These frogs can jump long distances and they need ample room to do so. A tight fitting screen cover can be used in order to avoid your frog to escape. To make your pet frog feel more secure you can use a black poster board on three sides of the aquarium.
Tip#3: The vivarium of your frogs should contain hide spots and perches as well as substrates. Simple substrates can include foam rubbers, moist paper towels and coconut husks. Abrasive reptile carpeting, gravel and small bark pieces should be avoided. You can use cork bark tubes, driftwood, vines and PVC pipe segments as perches inside the cage.
Tip#4: Pet owners should see to it that there is an ample source of water for your tree frog pet. A bowl of clean water, large enough for your tree frog to soak itself in, should be made available and accessible. Always see to it that you change the water inside the vivarium on a daily basis. If you are using tap water for the cage, make sure you are using conditioners to remove all the chloramines, chlorines and other heavy metals from the water. Alternatively you can use bottled spring water as a substitute for treated tap water.
Tip#5: Make sure that your frogs home has the correct humidity and temperature. The temperature inside should range from 75°F to 85°F (24°C to 29°C) during the day and between 65°F and 75°F (18°C and 24°C) during night time. A reptile heat light can be used to achieve to correct temperature.
Tip#6: The humidity level inside the cage should mimic the temperature and humidity of their natural habitat which includes the forests, fields and humid jungles in Asia. You can restrict ventilation inside the cage and add mist to achieve the humidity for the frog to be comfortable.
Tip#7: Tree frogs are insectivores. They eat insects in order to live. Live crickets are the largest part of their daily diet. You can feed your frog with crickets twice or three times a week. Feed your pet 3-6 crickets but always take into consideration the size of the cricket and the size of the frog being fed. In feeding adult frogs, always make sure that their food is coated with high quality reptile mineral and vitamin supplements once every 2 to 3 feedings.